Gareth Pearson
Gareth Pearson
Senior vice president, chief operations officer
McDonald’s UK & Ireland

Gareth Pearson was promoted to senior vice president, chief operations officer in May 2021 and is responsible for restaurant and franchising operations. Since joining the business in 1992, Gareth has held a number of roles throughout restaurant operations in the northern region, including director of franchising and director of national operations. Most recently, Gareth was senior vice president, chief people officer, where was responsible for human resources, education, learning and development, diversity and inclusion and talent management. Gareth’s favourite McDonald’s menu item is the double cheeseburger.